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Informed by the tradition of documentary photography, Subotsky’s work stresses mechanisms of control, power games, and territory wars governed by augmented structures and prosthetic institutions that stunt growth more than they develop and sustain; where the overall maturation of South Africa is quelled in favor of a select, elite few and their material interests, whilst the proletariat increasingly becomes indifferent; passive-aggressive. His work displays South Africa’s tumult and disorder in developing an infrastructure that is able to consolidate the effects of Apartheid, failing to contain social degeneration, particularly regarding issues of class and status in a country plagued by endemic poverty, crime, and violence. An ode to Plato’s Cave, after the dust has settled, the cultural revolution is imprisoned in an ivory tower; this is absolutute freedom, total establishment, all in preparation for more dust to settle. 11

IJusi Portfolio #3  

A catalogue detailing the works and artists included in the third iJusi portfolio, curated by Pieter Hugo.

IJusi Portfolio #3  

A catalogue detailing the works and artists included in the third iJusi portfolio, curated by Pieter Hugo.

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